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graze

1. To eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
2. To eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze at the party.
3. To touch or scrape one without causing significant injury. Often said of gunshot wounds. You're so lucky the bullet only grazed your shoulder—a few inches lower, and you would have been in big trouble.

graze against (someone or something)

To lightly touch or brush against someone or something. The room was so crowded that I ended up grazing against a bunch of people on my way to the refreshment table. The feather grazed against my neck and made me shiver.
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graze on (something)

1. Of animals, to eat the greens or vegetables in a particular area or location. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on my land.
2. Of animals, to eat something in particular. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on the vegetables in my garden.
3. Of people, to eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing on snacks all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
4. Of people, to eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze on some snacks at the party.
See also: graze, on

graze against someone or something

to brush or scrape against someone or something. The car grazed against the side of the truck. I grazed against an old man as I was jogging this morning.
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graze on something

 
1. [for animals] to browse or forage in a particular location. The cattle are grazing on the neighbor's land. I wish they wouldn't graze on other people's land.
2. [for animals] to browse or forage, eating something in particular. The deer are grazing on my carrots! The cows were grazing on the meadow grasses for weeks.
See also: graze, on

graze

and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.
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15% continuous grazed by animals, in pre-monsoon, and increased in post-monsoon 53.
To determine if grazing management at the Bear Creek Unit significantly impacted medusahead and yellow starthistle over the course of the study, we used linear mixed effects regression to examine trends in cover of these species between grazed and ungrazed treatments.
We hypothesized that: composition of species and functional vegetation in excluded areas will significantly differ from that in grazed areas; structure of vegetation as measured with biomass, maximum height of plants, percentage of cover, and percentage of litter will be greater in the excluded plots following one grazing season; and diversity will be greater in exclosures.
Overgrazing is defined as a plant being grazed before it has a positive carbohydrate balance--such as too early in the growing season, or continuously eating it down before it gains enough reserves.
Grazed grass will cost about 1/3 that of silage and about 1/6 that of concentrate, so make the most of it.
Grazed plots were on the adjacent Babacomari and Diamond C cattle ranches.
Here, we examine this hypothesis by testing 2 predictions: (1) vegetation will be significantly shorter and sparser in grazed meadows; and (2) estimated pocket gopher density will be significantly higher in grazed meadows.
Schmidly (2004), which is used by TPWD as their main source of small mammal data for the state, states that heavily grazed rangeland and the eroded sites of rangeland roadways may provide optimum habitat.
one of the long spikes grazed his shoulder, ripping his robes .
Animals grazed an adjacent pasture with similar forage for 2 wk before the experiment began.
This study incorporates two summer management strategies as part of a livestock production system incorporating grazed winter wheat: summer fallow (SF) and dual-cropping with summer legumes (SL); and two livestock treatments: grazed and ungrazed.
The strip plot treatment was grazing frequency in which low frequency plots were grazed bimonthly (mid-May, mid-July, and mid-September) and the high frequency treatment was grazed monthly from mid-May to mid-September.
Utilisation of grazed grass in temperate animal systems; proceedings.
Study objectives were to determine stages of seed germination and document numbers of germinating seeds, protocorms, and seedlings in two grazed versus two ungrazed plots.
Most of England's uplands are grazed by sheep and almost one quarter are designated as SSSIs.